Over 5,000 years of history supports the practice of yoga which was born in India as an ancient philosophy, and since 2016 it has become an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
(Pati Galatas, Tamara Falcó’s yoga teacher: “It seems that if you don’t think about it, you won’t die”)
In recent years, it has become popular as a form of exercise based on posture, breathing, meditation and relaxation which achieves many physical and psychological benefits.
Among the physical benefits that can be derived from practicing yoga, the increased strength and muscle tone, flexibility, strength and vitalityas well as it can reduce back pain, arthritis, headaches, blood pressure and insomnia, among others.
Today millions of people around the world practice some of its variants, becoming a way of understanding the body and understanding life.
Asanas and breathing
Each yoga practice is based on a series of physical posture, breathing techniques and meditation, which seeks to achieve a state of balance and harmony. So, in addition to physical ones, it also has general benefits for mental and emotional health.
Making this dynamic always helps reduce stress, improve concentration, relieve anxiety and promote deep relaxation. Additionally, it promotes the mind-body connection, which contributes to a greater sense of well-being.
A Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini yoga or Ashtanga yogathe different variants, a younger brother emerged: the slow pace yoga.
It is perhaps more unknown, and stands out for its slow and slow movements, which emphasize the connection between breathing and movement. Unlike more dynamic styles, the slow flow of yoga allows for mindfulness in each pose.
It’s about combining traditional yoga postures that flow from one to another and keep the sequence longer.
Specialists agree that this type of slow-flowing yoga is very interesting for people who are more stressedwhile its deep stretching, combined with respiratory awareness, promotes deep relaxation, emotional balance and self-discovery.
This type of yoga is especially interesting for those who are new to the practice or for those who they should slow down day by day. For people who are immersed in a fast pace of their life.
By moving through the asanas at a slower pace, the overall energy intensity of the activity is reduced, making it a relaxing and restorative experience.
Doing yoga at a slow pace allows you to feel each movement, gain a deeper understanding of the body, feel the changes and discomfort that has built up over time and work to release it.
Lauren learned in his book Yoga for real life (Ed. Planeta, 2016) assures that: “The solution to all stress, pain, anxiety, stomach ache, lack of energy, low mood… is to change our inner world, instead of interacting with fight against the outside. We need a timeless, effective and functional solution. A solution based on science, anatomy, psychology, philosophy and biochemistry, as well as the life we live.”
And he added that: “According to the theory of yoga, we all have two bodies, the physical and the energetic, that is, the outside and the inside, the tangible and the intangible. In a well-structured yoga class, the combination of a series of postures has the same effect as a complete acupuncture treatment, because it activates the body’s energy,” he concluded.
These are those parts of slow flow yoga:
Breathe with awareness. Synchronization of breathing with movement is important. Mindful attention to breathing not only oxygenates the body more efficiently, but also acts as an anchor for the mind, promoting relaxation.
Gentle movements. The emphasis on fluid movements in this type of yoga seeks to avoid sudden transitions between different postures or asanas. This helps reduce the risk of injury and also encourages the mind and body to move harmoniously.
Full attention. Here and now, concern, includes the full present of the current moment. Greater awareness and mental calm is achieved.
Deeper stretches. Slow-flow yoga poses often involve deeper stretches that help improve flexibility, blood circulation, and relieve muscle tension.
Emotional balance. It connects the mind and body and therefore helps to balance emotions and achieve emotional stability.